’The Match’ golf competition attracted almost 6 million viewers

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

The 18-hole match included on-course challenges for charitable funds - and plenty of trash talk. He ripped his trousers during the match and even had a few balls fly out of the fairway in a few holes, to the delight of TNT anchor and National Basketball Association vet Charles Barkley who was on the call.

Tom Brady wasn't too proud of his performance, as he and teammate Phil Mickelson bowed out to former National Football League quarterback Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods in the 2-on-2 match.

It was broadcast domestically on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN, as well as internationally on Turner's CNN International.


It's not every day that you hit a shot better than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Tom was just as shocked as the millions of viewers, and when he bent down to claim his ball from the hole, his trousers split right down the middle. The hilarious accident was heavily discussed on social media and after the event, Brady made sure to make a joke saying "Pants wanted in on social distancing I guess".

The real victor is Turner Sports, however.

Peak viewership for the event came in at 6.3 million, and the event raised $20 million for coronavirus related charities.


The Match continues the trend of high viewership numbers for sports-related programing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Brady struggled to make key shots, he also appeared to struggle with his wardrobe. According to Turner Sports, the event was the number #1 trending topic on Twitter.

Videos on Bleacher Report's social and digital platforms received 38 million views.


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